I think that in the cases that I've read about women who have developed auto-immune problems from Gardasil were very severe. It wasn't a slow progressing kind of thing, with the stories I read anyway. Very sudden reactions that happened within days of the vaccine. I think that those people must have had a predispostion to auto-immune problems to have such a strong reaction to the vaccine. I had this vaccine and it was before my diagnosis but I don't think it caused me to have lupus. I think that like every other vaccine we receive this one has risks, and that there is clearly a risk of having an auto-immune response to it and that patients should be aware of it. I think vaccines are a good thing but people need to be aware of all possible side effects just as with any medication.
"A bad cold wouldn't be so annoying if it weren't for the advice of our friends."~ Kin Hubbard
Diagnosed: SLE, Raynauds, InterstitialLung Disease, GERD, Myositis, Vasculitis, Possible Sjogrens.
Medications: 400mg Plaquenil, 2000mg Cellcept, 10mg Norvasc, Nitroglycerin Patch, 20mg Prilosec, 10mg Flexeril, 4mg Medrol, 81mg Asprin.